Village Vyšné Ružbachy
A spa paradise
A balneal spa centre of our region. Village famous for the biggest travertine lake in Slovakia, unique sculpture symposium made by artists from all over the world or the splendid White house of the Zamoyski earl.
Vyšné Ružbachy with its climate influenced by thick surrounding forests became an optimal place for active resting during the whole year. Summer bathing, walking or cycling in the vicinity in the summer is replaced by ski slopes and running tracks in the winter.
What to see
What is worth visiting in Vyšné Ružbachy?
Thermal swimming pool Izabela
Offers its visitors 2 outdoor pools for adults and 2 for kids, as well as 1 indoor thermal pool.
Thermal water for the pool is directly fed from the spring Izabela Vyšné Ružbachy. It is a natural healing water – slightly mineralized, hydro-carbonic, calciferous-magnesium, hypotonic – predestined to treat cardiovascular, respiratory, mental and gynaecological diseases.
An extraordinary attraction in the resort is an island in the recreational pool surrounded by tall conifers, a diving tower in the swimming pool with a height of 5 m, as well as the movable pool covering above the thermal swimming pool.
The upper mentioned thermal covered swimming pool with a water temperature of 34 °C is open all over the year. The movable pool covering together with mobile sides guarantees a close and unforgettable contact with surrounding nature.
- Thermal outdoor swimming pool Izabela (15.6. – 15.9.) Mon – Sun 10.00 – 19.00
- Thermal indoor swimming pool Izabela Mon 13:00 – 21:00 and Tue – Sun 10:00 – 21:00
Thermal springs in the spa
There are altogether nine springs producing about 150 litres of water per second with a temperature of 19°C to 22 ºC. The healing water belongs to a group of hydro-carbon-disulphate, calcareous-magnesian, hypotonic mineral waters. The most generous and perhaps the richest carbon source in Europe is the spring “Izabella” which produces as much as 100 liters of water per second presenting the main natural healing well in the whole spa. It provides with mineral water not only hydropathic facilities, but also the outdoor summer swimming pool. Healing water wells up even from other spring sources. Some of them, such as the spring Jozef, are marked and available to refresh every single tourist.
White house of the Zamoyski earl
The White house was built in the year 1931 from white travertine in the biedermeier style from the initiative of earl Andrej Zamoyski with his wife Izabela de Bourbon, the niece of the Spanish king Alfonz. The White house was a much-sought-for cultural and social centre of Polish aristocracy. Today many social events take place in its restaurant of earl Zamoyski which offers nice ambient with a wide choice of delicious meals. Interesting events are being organized in the spa´s own coffee-bar and besides this one can enjoy leisure time on the terrace of the White house by a cup of coffee or Pieniny tea, eating a tasty cake or by a glass of excuisite wine.
Kráter is an unique travertine lake, 20 m in diameter and 3 m deep, surrounded by a travertine wall with thermal water. The craters of Ružbachy have nothing to do with volcanoes or volcanic eruptions. They are results of collapsed travertine monticules which precipitated around mineral springs rich in calcium. Lake Kráter is the most preserved travertine formation of its kind in central Europe and at the same time a trade-marked area.
International scultpure symposium
The oldest sculpture symposium which beginnings date back to the year 1964 when the preliminary year took place in Vyšné Ružbachy. Famous personalities of European as well as international sculpture art took part in the event and left their works behind. Nowadays the symposium has a form of an open-air exposition at the beginning of the spa village Vyšné Ružbachy.
Personalities of Vyšné Ružbachy
Polish land manciple, imperial prince, from 1605 Spiš mayor and voivode. He had great merit in the development of the spa in Vyšné Ružbachy. During Spiš mayoralty he took the iniciative to reconstruct Ľubovňa castle, built the chapel of St. Michael, Provincial house with arcades in Stará Ľubovňa and several other buildings in Ružbachy spa.
Priest, writer, poet, folk educator worked as a priest in Vyšné Ružbachy and played an important role in the life of both villages. As a promoter of fruit growing, bee-keeping and establishing credit associations he supported economic and social ennobling of Slovak agriculture. At the same time Korponay was a representative of the last phase of Bernolák´s movement. Since 1838 he served as a clerk of the Spiš St. Vojtech´s association. His grave in Nižné Ružbachy was declared a national cultural monument.
Ján Kanty Zamoyski
Polish nobleman of the famous Polish family. During his father´s life he began to manage property – among others also the village and spa Vyšné Ružbachy. After his father´s death he became their owner. He had great merit in the development of the spa in Ružbachy. To its buildings belong the White house, the outdoor swimming pool and various other constructions. Besides this he supported tourism in eastern Slovakia. In 1929 he married the Spanish princess Izabela Krystyna Mercedes Karolína Adelaida Rafaela of Bourbon.